Superfund Research Program
In February of 2003, the NIEHS established an ad hoc External Advisory Group (EAG), a working group of the National Advisory Environmental Health Sciences (NAEHS) Council, to examine all aspects of the SRP since its inception, to make recommendations based on their findings and to provide guidance on future directions for the Program.
The EAG members were provided with three volumes of programmatic information. As summarized in the Executive Summary, the EAG determined that SRP-funded research remains highly relevant to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Superfund goals, noting that the SRP has been successful at enhancing investigations and remediation work at many hazardous waste sites as well as in translating research findings into public health practice.
The complete EAG effort was documented in a final report, which reflects the two phases of its review. Specifically, the report summarizes the findings of the EAG's examination of the SRP on the programmatic level, which includes comments on the quality of science, communications efforts, and programmatic management. The report also details the EAG guidance on future directions for the SRP.